Cardiac Genetic Testing
At Advanced Medical Diagnostics of Texas, we now offer cardiac genetic testing with our Comprehensive Cardiomyopathy Panel. Cardiomyopathy is a disease of the heart muscle that makes it difficult for the heart to pump blood
to the rest of the body. Cardiomyopathy can lead to heart failure. This test is used to examine genes associated with hereditary cardiomyopathies, including dilated cardiomyopathy, hypertrophic cardiomyopathy, left
ventricular non-compaction cardiomyopathy, and hereditary arrhythmogenic right ventricular cardiomyopathy.
Patients that are found to have genetic markers for hereditary cardiomyopathies can utilize the information from our cardiac genetic testing to reduce their risk of developing the disease. They can make changes in their
lifestyle, take medication, have surgeries, and use implantable devices to reduce the risk of heart failure. Family members of those with cardiomyopathies are also recommended for this testing to help determine their individual risk. Close relatives of patients with cardiomyopathies can have a 50% higher risk of developing the disease themselves than an unrelated individual.
Our cardiac genomic test is suggested for anyone with a history of heart disease, cardiomyopathy, heart attack, or for anyone with a family history of any of these conditions. We also recommend cardiac genomic testing if a patient experiences the following symptoms: chest pain, fatigue, palpitations, dizziness, heart arrhythmia, shortness of breath, abnormal heart rate, swelling of the extremities, weight gain, history of heart attack or heart disease.
This test is minimally invasive and painless, requiring only an oral mouth swab. Once the lab receives the sample, the results are typically available in 2 to 4 weeks.